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Review: Wismec Luxotic NC and Guillotine RDA https://ift.tt/2L4zHFG

The Luxotic NC is a continuation of the Noisy Cricket Wismec line and the latest in the Luxotic line of fancy affordable devices. It is a semi-regulated mod that has the option to choose between parallel or series regulated configurations. This device includes the Guillotine RDA which also can switch between bottom airflow or top airflow in dual coil configuration.

I am a big fan of VV pot mods as well as the NC II25 and was quite excited to check this one out.


Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for the purposes of review by Wismec. I review all items for a minimum of 2 weeks daily use and do not embellish my opinions. Experiences are based on the mod received, how I vape, and may not be representative of all of the produced same devices. YMMV

Note: I’ve been vaping for 4 years. My vaping style currently varies between RTAs and RDAs, 24-26g Kanthal and SS316L typically between 40 and 70 watts on regulated mods. In addition to the mod reviewed I’ve been using the Modefined Sirius, Royal Hunter, Royal Hunter X, and Billow V3 Plus


Appearance

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The Luxotic NC is a pretty stunning mod in my opinion. It looks better in person that it does in pictures. I’m immediately drawn to the resin colors. They sparkle and have a nice depth to them. While the color options are just red or green, I can see orange, gold, blue, and purple mixed in to make up the whole “green” color. I wish it was a bit more green but I am thankful the surface is polished to show off the resin rather than being rubberized like my last resin mod the Aleader Killer.

The rest of the surfaces are all brushed aluminum except for the button, switch, and pot which seem to be plastic. The metal portion of the mod is recessed from the resin. There is a lip where the top part of the resin extends out past the aluminum. There is also a slight lip where the bottom part of the resin protrudes as well. The top is solid but the bottom part is obviously a sleeve that sort of floats over the mod beneath it. It does slightly rattle and sometimes creaks and groans when I pick up the mod. It adds a cheapness to the feel that would have been mitigated with just some glue or some other way of securing it. It’s caused no issues other than mild annoyance.

The mod itself also has very minimal markings. No labeling on the switch or pot other than a start and end point. Thankfully they didn’t emboss Wismec in large letters like the Luxotic BF. It is a bigger mod than the previous NC designs due to the support of 20700 batteries.

The Guillotine RDA has a brushed finish as well to match the mod but it’s a bit shinier. Included was a match drip tip for the RDA which is a nice touch. The inside of the cap is PEI material but it’s not viewable on the mod unless you close off the airflow in the side airflow configuration A stainless ring is included for the RDA to sit in to help insulate the heat and protect the mod surface from scratches.

My wife joked that this was the mod you get when graduate in perceived classiness from cigarettes to cigars. I think she was trying to say it’s fancy for a mod.


###Function

Luxotic NC

How it works – The Luxotic NC utilizes a PWM chip for the VV pot. In Series mode you use the pot to “adjust to taste” in a voltage range from 1v to 8v. I don’t have any tools to test but with my usual 24g build the range seems to be somewhat accurate. The PWM chip uses pulse to simulate the voltage you have set. It does make a slight buzzing or clicking sound that’s usually drowned out by the airflow when inhaling. The pulsing is a bit noticeable on the lowside of the dial, but around halfway (4v and up), it vapes like any of my other devices albeit with a slight buzz. A flip of the switch on top changes to parallel mode which functions as a mech in parallel. Voltage isn’t adjustable and is based on your batteries. Maximum wattage is said to be 250 watts. You can also use unregulated series mode as well by turning the mod off with 5 clicks and holding the power button down (credit to /u/Chasing_Rapture).

Batteries – This mod does support dual 20700 batteries and all the benefits, aside from size, they allow. Two 18650 adapters are also included. No onboard charging is supported. 21700 batteries are not supported.

Protections – The semi-regulated part of this mod aside from the VV pot, is that it has short circuit protection, temperature protection, low voltage protection, and atomizer short protection. While this mod does have protections built in you should take care to follow ohm’s law like you would with a standard mech.

Guillotine RDA

This RDA comes with a resin matching drip tip and a much taller PEI tip. The resin one is a bit too short and the PEI is a bit too tall. Any 810 works though. The juice well is very deep and it includes a squonk pin. Overfilling or over squonking is possible but you have to really go at it given the deep well. I had concerns about leaking through the top airflow when dripping through the top but it surprisingly never did. Flavor was surprisingly pretty good. A good middle of the road RDA for flavor. The thinner barrel does seem to hold heat a bit more than most RDAs.

Building on it – This is a dual coil only RDA with a clamping style deck. The deck requires you to unscrew 2 screws on each post and sort of hold it upside down to open the space for the coil to go in. You then have to tighten both screws on each side while holding 2 coils in position. It’s simply not user friendly and quite a pain to build on.

Bottom or side airflow – The barrel on the Guillotine allows you to swap it to use either bottom airflow or side airflow. I only used bottom airflow as I found it satisfactory and for another reason mentioned in a few. To use side airflow you rotate the barrel and reinstall it. This blocks the bottom airflow ports and positions the openings on the side. Further it allows you to use the PEI section built into the top cap as an airflow adjustment. The caveats to this are that not the logo on the barrel is upside down and the coils seem way too low if you built for bottom airflow. To better utilize the side airflow you need to build quite a bit higher towards the top of the posts.


Pros

  • Series, Parallel, and Series VV modes
  • Stiff Selection Switch
  • Beautiful Resin and mod
  • No overt branding
  • 20700 or 18650 compatible
  • Works really well at 4v and up
  • No rattles from buttons or batteries
  • Good flavor from the RDA and slightly restricted bottom airflow

Cons

  • Bottom resin sleeve sticks out as well as creaks and groans
  • PWM under 4v has more noticeable pulsing
  • Sandwiched o-ring in the RDA top cap
  • Matching drip tip is very short, PEI tip is too tall
  • Not 21700 compatible
  • RDA is a PITA to build on
  • Side airflow results in the barrel logo being upside down

Summary

I am more than a bit whelmed with the style and appearance of this mod. It functions well in parallel mode and in series mode above 4v or so. It’s a beauty of a mod for those who are power or vv only vapers. It does feel a bit too fancy to be part of the NC line. The Guillotine RDA is interesting and provides a nice flavorful vape once you get it built. I was a bit underwhelmed with the fit of the bottom sleeve, lack of 21700 support, and difficulty building on the Guillotine deck. The two together have their quirks but overall I enjoy the mod for what it is. It’s mainly a very pretty semi-regulated mech or vv mod. There aren’t many options in that realm sub $100, especially not with the style of this one. I think if you’re eyeing this mod you kinda know what you’re going to be getting and will be pretty happy with it. I think newer or more inexperienced vapers probably should look for a different mod.


The Luxotic NC was sent to me for the purposes of review by Wismec, is available in red and green resin and can be purchased for $60.

The Luxotic NC is a continuation of the Noisy Cricket Wismec line and the latest in the Luxotic line of fancy affordable devices. It is a semi-regulated mod that has the option to choose between parallel or series regulated configurations. This device includes the Guillotine RDA which also can switch between bottom airflow or top airflow in dual coil configuration.I am a big fan of VV pot mods as well as the NC II25 and was quite excited to check this one out.Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for the purposes of review by Wismec. I review all items for a minimum of 2 weeks daily use and do not embellish my opinions. Experiences are based on the mod received, how I vape, and may not be representative of all of the produced same devices. YMMVNote: I’ve been vaping for 4 years. My vaping style currently varies between RTAs and RDAs, 24-26g Kanthal and SS316L typically between 40 and 70 watts on regulated mods. In addition to the mod reviewed I’ve been using the Modefined Sirius, Royal Hunter, Royal Hunter X, and Billow V3 PlusAppearanceAlbumThe Luxotic NC is a pretty stunning mod in my opinion. It looks better in person that it does in pictures. I’m immediately drawn to the resin colors. They sparkle and have a nice depth to them. While the color options are just red or green, I can see orange, gold, blue, and purple mixed in to make up the whole “green” color. I wish it was a bit more green but I am thankful the surface is polished to show off the resin rather than being rubberized like my last resin mod the Aleader Killer.The rest of the surfaces are all brushed aluminum except for the button, switch, and pot which seem to be plastic. The metal portion of the mod is recessed from the resin. There is a lip where the top part of the resin extends out past the aluminum. There is also a slight lip where the bottom part of the resin protrudes as well. The top is solid but the bottom part is obviously a sleeve that sort of floats over the mod beneath it. It does slightly rattle and sometimes creaks and groans when I pick up the mod. It adds a cheapness to the feel that would have been mitigated with just some glue or some other way of securing it. It’s caused no issues other than mild annoyance.The mod itself also has very minimal markings. No labeling on the switch or pot other than a start and end point. Thankfully they didn’t emboss Wismec in large letters like the Luxotic BF. It is a bigger mod than the previous NC designs due to the support of 20700 batteries.The Guillotine RDA has a brushed finish as well to match the mod but it’s a bit shinier. Included was a match drip tip for the RDA which is a nice touch. The inside of the cap is PEI material but it’s not viewable on the mod unless you close off the airflow in the side airflow configuration A stainless ring is included for the RDA to sit in to help insulate the heat and protect the mod surface from scratches.My wife joked that this was the mod you get when graduate in perceived classiness from cigarettes to cigars. I think she was trying to say it’s fancy for a mod.###FunctionLuxotic NCHow it works – The Luxotic NC utilizes a PWM chip for the VV pot. In Series mode you use the pot to “adjust to taste” in a voltage range from 1v to 8v. I don’t have any tools to test but with my usual 24g build the range seems to be somewhat accurate. The PWM chip uses pulse to simulate the voltage you have set. It does make a slight buzzing or clicking sound that’s usually drowned out by the airflow when inhaling. The pulsing is a bit noticeable on the lowside of the dial, but around halfway (4v and up), it vapes like any of my other devices albeit with a slight buzz. A flip of the switch on top changes to parallel mode which functions as a mech in parallel. Voltage isn’t adjustable and is based on your batteries. Maximum wattage is said to be 250 watts. You can also use unregulated series mode as well by turning the mod off with 5 clicks and holding the power button down (credit to /u/Chasing_Rapture).Batteries – This mod does support dual 20700 batteries and all the benefits, aside from size, they allow. Two 18650 adapters are also included. No onboard charging is supported. 21700 batteries are not supported.Protections – The semi-regulated part of this mod aside from the VV pot, is that it has short circuit protection, temperature protection, low voltage protection, and atomizer short protection. While this mod does have protections built in you should take care to follow ohm’s law like you would with a standard mech.Guillotine RDAThis RDA comes with a resin matching drip tip and a much taller PEI tip. The resin one is a bit too short and the PEI is a bit too tall. Any 810 works though. The juice well is very deep and it includes a squonk pin. Overfilling or over squonking is possible but you have to really go at it given the deep well. I had concerns about leaking through the top airflow when dripping through the top but it surprisingly never did. Flavor was surprisingly pretty good. A good middle of the road RDA for flavor. The thinner barrel does seem to hold heat a bit more than most RDAs.Building on it – This is a dual coil only RDA with a clamping style deck. The deck requires you to unscrew 2 screws on each post and sort of hold it upside down to open the space for the coil to go in. You then have to tighten both screws on each side while holding 2 coils in position. It’s simply not user friendly and quite a pain to build on.Bottom or side airflow – The barrel on the Guillotine allows you to swap it to use either bottom airflow or side airflow. I only used bottom airflow as I found it satisfactory and for another reason mentioned in a few. To use side airflow you rotate the barrel and reinstall it. This blocks the bottom airflow ports and positions the openings on the side. Further it allows you to use the PEI section built into the top cap as an airflow adjustment. The caveats to this are that not the logo on the barrel is upside down and the coils seem way too low if you built for bottom airflow. To better utilize the side airflow you need to build quite a bit higher towards the top of the posts.ProsSeries, Parallel, and Series VV modesStiff Selection SwitchBeautiful Resin and modNo overt branding20700 or 18650 compatibleWorks really well at 4v and upNo rattles from buttons or batteriesGood flavor from the RDA and slightly restricted bottom airflowConsBottom resin sleeve sticks out as well as creaks and groansPWM under 4v has more noticeable pulsingSandwiched o-ring in the RDA top capMatching drip tip is very short, PEI tip is too tallNot 21700 compatibleRDA is a PITA to build onSide airflow results in the barrel logo being upside downSummaryI am more than a bit whelmed with the style and appearance of this mod. It functions well in parallel mode and in series mode above 4v or so. It’s a beauty of a mod for those who are power or vv only vapers. It does feel a bit too fancy to be part of the NC line. The Guillotine RDA is interesting and provides a nice flavorful vape once you get it built. I was a bit underwhelmed with the fit of the bottom sleeve, lack of 21700 support, and difficulty building on the Guillotine deck. The two together have their quirks but overall I enjoy the mod for what it is. It’s mainly a very pretty semi-regulated mech or vv mod. There aren’t many options in that realm sub $100, especially not with the style of this one. I think if you’re eyeing this mod you kinda know what you’re going to be getting and will be pretty happy with it. I think newer or more inexperienced vapers probably should look for a different mod.The Luxotic NC was sent to me for the purposes of review by Wismec, is available in red and green resin and can be purchased for $60.

Submitted May 15, 2018 at 08:56PM by sc0lm00
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